Nature

Cities have long been understood to be human constructs; that is, its history of builders have bent nature to human’s needs. Coastlines were re-contoured for harbours or casinos. River-valleys were filled in for reservoirs or highways. Forests were replaced with houses or stadiums. Blog Post
Jan 19, 2016   By Steven Snell
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I left the city this past weekend to fell a tree in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Standing there with a saw in one hand, calf-deep in snow, I had forgotten how good that kind of nature feels" its expanse, its diversity, its varying topography. Blog Post
Dec 10, 2015   By Steven Snell
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When you think of "city" what comes to mind? A specific city? One of your favourites? Tall buildings? A skyline? Chaos, people, crowds, traffic? A river cutting through its centre? A mountain range backdrop? Blog Post
Nov 8, 2015   By Steven Snell
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I cobbled together a 2014 Christmas wish list for the Fast Forward Weekly newspaper last week. I listed many wishes: an active citizenry, affordable housing, a conservation ethic. Blog Post
Dec 14, 2014   By Steven Snell
NPR's Cities Project is crowdsourcing Instagram photos of nature creeping back into urban spaces.
Sep 26, 2014   NPR Cities Project
There is already good evidence that exposure to green landscapes is good for people. The next frontier of research in the health impacts of designed environments is to be able to quantify connections between design decisions and life expectancy.
Jun 11, 2014   ASLA The Dirt
Researcher Chris Ives suggests that rather than relying solely on economic gains to justify urban nature and biodiversity, community values may be more effective in gaining public support.
May 11, 2014   Sustainable Cities Collective
For years, science has been catching up to the intuitive wisdom that spending time in, or adjacent to, nature has physical and mental health benefits. The ASLA has collected a trove of this research in one easy to navigate website.
Sep 11, 2013   ASLA
Using two paradigms addressing synergies of nature and the city, Chuck Wolfe contrasts gradually merging animal and human habitats in the United States with calculated greening of city spaces overseas.
Feb 18, 2013   The Atlantic Cities
Announced this week by <em>All Things Considered</em> hosts Melissa Block and Robert Siegel, National Public Radio is launching a new series called the NPR Cities Project and they're asking listeners for their input.
Jun 21, 2012   NPR
As climate change accelerates coastal erosion across the continent, officials everywhere look to San Francisco to see how it will stem the tide, Felicity Barringer reports.
Mar 28, 2012   New York Times